According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and State Farm, dog bites and other dog-related injuries increased throughout the country by 18 percent in 2016. These types of injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners liability claims paid out last year, costing in excess of $600 million. California continues to have the largest number of claims with 1,934 filed in 2016, an increase from 1,684 in 2015. The findings also revealed that our state also had the highest value of claims paid out at $76 million.
Though the number of dog bite claims increased, their value decreased. In 2016, the average cost paid out for a dog bite claim was $33,230 while in 2015 that amount was $37,214. Loretta Worters, vice president of I.I.I., believes that this is attributed to a decrease in the severity of the injuries sustained by the victims. She also stated that the overall increase in costs, from more than a decade ago, are due to increased medical costs as well as the size of settlements, judgments and jury awards given to plaintiffs.
The week of April 9 through April 15 is considered the National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The awareness event is designed to provide consumers with information on how to be responsible pet owners. Dr. Melissa Bain, a specialist in animal behavior, stated that “the family veterinarian should be the first stop for any pet owner with behavioral concerns”.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced dog bite lawyers at The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi by calling 877-702-7274. Our legal experts will provide a free consultation.